The old horror movies
For fun, and because I'm fascinated by the twin holidays of All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day, I'm re-posting here an essay I wrote for CT on horror movies. If after reading the essay, you'd like to recommend movies that capture the horror genre well, please do so. I'll mention a few later in the day, after I've had a chance to put time into the books, but three that come to mind right now are THE OTHERS, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, and CORALINE.
Lastly, I do say prayers here and there for a small band of filmmakers to take on the horror genre. I pray for highly skilled filmmakers, well-read in both the literary and artistic history of horror, theologically savvy (i.e. familiar with and informed by the rich theological repository of writing about creation, theodicy, moral anthropology, soteriology, etc), smart enough to hire top-notch screenwriters if they themselves are not excellent writers, and finally financially resourced. That's what I pray for, among other things.
I believe in demons.
|Fra Angelico, "All Saints Day"|
I believe in "supernatural" horror as much as I believe in the reliability of my Merrell shoes.
But what I believe is not the same thing as what I like or do not like.
|RVD: "The sweet baby satan"|
(For the rest of the essay, see here. See here for Scott Derrickson's thoughts on horror movies.)
|Pieter Bruegel, "The Fight Between Carnival and Lent" (1559)|